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Chesterfield Well Dressing under Construction

Type:Well in the Making

Pavements Shopping Centre
off Low Pavement
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1PB
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Outlining the Design

About

An ancient custom that's only found in or around the borders of Derbyshire. Well dressing might date back to the Celts, or perhaps even earlier, but what exactly is it? At its simplest, well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. But this doesn't explain how well dressers make such intricate and detailed pictures using only flowers, berries, leaves ... Last year, Chesterfield's well dressing used dried chamomile flowers, peppercorns, rowan berries, honesty, lavender and melon seeds, as well as other dried and fresh plants and flowers.

Find out how a well dressing is made by watching the well dressers at work. After claying the board, work will begin on outlining and ‘colouring in’ the design. Dried materials such as dried chamomile flowers, alder cones and peppercorns will be used early in the week. Rowan berries will add some colour on Wednesday but fresh flowers won't be added until Thursday as they will be the first to fade.

Admission is free and the well dressers will be happy to explain what they are doing and why!

Our theme last year was 'Beauty and the Beast' but this year's design hasn't yet been decided.

Venues
Pavements Shopping Centre (S40 1PA), 9.30am – 4pm
‘Crooked Spire’ Church Porch (S40 1XJ) 10am – 4pm

Guide Prices

Admission free, donations gratefully accepted

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (7 Sept 2020 - 11 Sept 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Coach Station on left), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park. Cross bridge on third floor into Pavements Shopping Centre.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select right lane and go straight on. Keep in right lane and, at roundabout take 4th exit, turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and, at traffic lights at top of hill, turn right. Take 3rd turning on left (Rose Hill East) and car parks on left and right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road (surface car parks). Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill West) and turn into car park on left or right.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 15 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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